Windstream upgrades network with Overture 6500 Multi-Service Ethernet Platform

Date: Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:48

Award-winning CE 2.0 platform protects Windstream’s past infrastructure investments while increasing current capacity and expanding future service capabilities
Windstream upgrades network with Overture 6500 Multi-Service Ethernet Platform

Prayson Pate, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, R&D, Overture, at the MEF GEN14, Washington


Overture announced Windstream Communications, a leading provider of advanced network communications, has selected the 6500 multi-service Ethernet service delivery platform as part of a future-proofed network solution to meet the growing business demands for cloud and managed services nationwide. A Stevie Award recipient for “2013 Best Telecom Product,” the Overture 6500 is the industry’s only all-access, CE2.0 switching and aggregation platform for business and cloud services, wholesale access, mobile backhaul and metro infrastructure applications. The 6500 delivers performance-assured Carrier Ethernet over any access method, including fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET, and TDM, with full resiliency. 
“Understanding how evolving applications impact networks has been key to Windstream’s continued growth and success,” says Randy Nicklas, executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Windstream. “With ever increasing business demands for Carrier Ethernet, and the growing importance of SDN and NFV initiatives, the Overture 6500 allows us to upgrade our network with a platform that integrates seamlessly with our legacy equipment, while also providing a streamlined path to not only increase capacity in the future, but also to enhance our capabilities at the metro service edge.” 
Windstream recently announced its Carrier Solutions Portal, offering customers the ability to price and order Private Lines, Waves, Carrier Ethernet, MPLS Aggregation, Dedicated Internet and DS1 Aggregation services with an intelligent design that adjusts order forms based on the selected service type and provides visibility into order status.
“The 6500 has been designed from the onset as a single, all-access platform that allows service providers to activate and assure new revenue-generating services more quickly and cost effectively, while keeping CapEx in check with its inherent upgrade capabilities,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “Our valued relationship with Windstream is rooted in working collaboratively to understand how best to enhance networks to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient Carrier Ethernet solutions over the long-term. We are pleased to have the 6500 selected as part of Windstream’s network upgrade and look forward to working together and advancing the functionality and benefit of Carrier Ethernet as a transport medium.”
The 6500 is a key component of Overture’s Ensemble Open Services Architecture™ (Ensemble OSA™), an open platform for service automation and network virtualization.  Ensemble orchestration and control software activates the Overture 6500 to build connectivity in the OSA between end customers and virtualized network functions. This allows service providers to create connections among service end points and to virtual network functions, for an end-to-end service solution.

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